If you’ve spent any time watching TV in the past month, I bet you are seeing your fair share of commercials surrounding the North American obsession with New Year’s resolutions. Healthier eating, more exercise, quitting smoking, and the list goes on. I’ve never been one for making New Year’s resolutions, but I find these interest me more and more as I get older. The thought of taking intentional time to reflect and examine my own rhythms and daily practices and then creating an action plan to get better is a great sign of maturity and introspection that we should all have as followers of Christ.
Along this line of thought, I find myself thinking of Paul’s words to his friend Timothy more often these days than I used to: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:8–10 NIV).
The work we are doing together across the North American Baptist Conference of churches is making a Kingdom impact that we will not fully realize in our generation. But rest assured, lives are being changed by the work you are doing in your local church, across your region, and around the world.
Your year-end gift of $50, $100, or $500 directly resources efforts to train God’s people for godly mission in their community and beyond.
- Camp Falcon Rock in Romania continues to make progress at building a camp that can accommodate hundreds of kids each week. They are hard at work creating a space that is conducive to discipleship training, spiritual education, leadership retreats, pastoral summits, and a host of other Kingdom uses.
- The crisis in Cameroon caused many missions organizations to leave the country altogether, but NAB missionaries remain. Though some are finding themselves internally displaced, all of them are finding ways
to serve the Cameroonians in medical care, child education, and evangelism. We also recently led a spiritual formation retreat for the Cameroon Baptist Convention to encourage Cameroonian leaders.
- Here in North America, we are in the middle of another year-long journey of Blue Ocean with more than forty NAB leaders and pastors examining their own missional impulse and exploring their inner world through spiritual formation experiences. This, we are confident, is leading to better equipped and more fully shaped leaders ready to lead in their churches and communities on God’s mission.
- And our efforts to plant new churches continues to gather momentum. Additional planters are being recruited, and we are regularly resourcing and equipping twenty-eight planters. These planters are all at various stages of their own church planting journeys to establish new expressions of God’s church in communities desperately needing a fresh infusion of the Gospel of God’s Kingdom.
Your donations make all the difference in recruiting, training, supporting, and resourcing these efforts and many others like them.
But none of this is possible without your ongoing financial support. Consider making regular giving to NAB’s Ministry Resource Fund as part of your New Year’s resolution. Your ongoing commitment will bolster godliness in the NAB movement through resourcing the efforts and ministries God has called us into as a conference of churches. Every dollar goes directly to supporting Gospel-advancing work of the NAB in your region and around the world.
For His Glory,
Vice President of Church Planting & Ministry Advancement
North American Baptist Conference
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